Thomas Bradley

Writer, Deceased Person

– 1673

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Who was Thomas Bradley?

Thomas Bradley was born in 1596 or 1597, the son of Henry Bradley of Wokingham in Berkshire and his wife, Barbara daughter of Walter Lane of Reading in the same county. He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Divinity. On 5 March 1631 he married Frances the youngest daughter of John, Baron Savile of Pontefract.

He was initially chaplain to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, whom he accompanied on trips to the Île de Ré and to La Rochelle and in 1628 he was appointed chaplain to Charles I. He became Rector of Castleford in 1630 and from 1643 he was additionally Rector of Ackworth. His parishes were in a strongly Royalist part of Yorkshire. During the Siege of Pontefract in 1644 he was a preacher to the Royalist troops under Sir George Wentworth. In 1645 Parliamentarian troops occupied Ackworth and he was deprived of his livings. He underwent much suffering during the Interregnum when along with his family he was ejected from their home. It is generally supposed that he attended Charles I at his execution on 30 January 1649.

He was restored to the rectory of Ackworth following the end of the Commonwealth of England in 1660.

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Religion
  • Anglicanism
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Exeter College, Oxford
Lived in
  • West Yorkshire
Died
1673

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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